Thursday, March 02, 2006

Stand Up Republican

I find few Rethuglicans that I can agree with on almost anything. I must say that I admire Duncan Hunter(republican-California)s' quest to have something that is truly American again.

...The political firestorm over Arab management of six U.S. ports threatened to widen on Thursday after a senior House Republican said he wanted foreign firms to sell their investments in American ports, electricity plants and other infrastructure critical to U.S. security.
California Republican Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said foreign investments in such areas should be "rolled back" along with the pending $6.85 billion deal involving Dubai Ports World, which is state-owned by the United Arab Emirates. .......

...Everything in this country can't be for sale," Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said...

...On the House side of Capitol Hill, Hunter told reporters that under the legislation he planned, the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security would list infrastructure critical to national security. Foreign companies would then be required to divest their holdings in it, he said.....

...Officials confirmed on Thursday that another UAE company, Dubai International Capital, was under CFIUS review for its planned $1.24 billion acquisition of London-based Doncasters Group Ltd. It operates in nine U.S. locations and makes parts for U.S. defense contractors.

I certainly don't agree with everything he wants to do, but on this issue I would be happy to join his coalition. I have , in the past, seen him promote the idea that all our defense manufacturing and parts etc should be American in America! What a concept....duh!? Unfortunately there's a lot of duhs running the country. These are things that reasonable conservatives use to believe. These are the republicans who are truly interested maintaining whats good for America and not the corporate/global structure. I fully support their move to make sure that America belongs , in large, to Americans. That the assets and bounty of this country are used to benefit Americans first. As a "liberal" I certainly believe in the concept of a hand up and opportunity for all. The fact is charity starts at home and if we dream of continuing our great experiment in democracy we had better set a firm eye and focus on our own country for a while. If not it all stands to be a memory for the history books.


Blogger The Donkey said...

May be it is not a bad idea. Let us put the UAE in charge of hurricane response planning and leeve building.

Let the UAE take over the public opinion polling, the mass media, and the Diebold company. Let the UAE decide who the next president is.

Let the UAE take over the war on terror, so the americans can come home.

1:06 AM, March 03, 2006  
Anonymous DC said...

Speaking of republicans-some of 'em voted to block Bush's port deal. Yea! Turns out there are some good republicans, after all.

4:48 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

most of them did. This turned out to be more their issue than the dems. If things go sour it will be the dems fault though. we all know that. It's that orwellian rewriting of history that they are so famous for.

2:11 PM, March 11, 2006  
Anonymous DC said...

I thought their favorite Orwellian thing was the simpleminded propaganda for the sheep. Y'know-"Freedom isn't Free!", "Proud to be an American", and The Patriot Act which is anything but patriotic. But, yes, the Dems are blamed for anything and everything that goes wrong and I'm sure that Brownie really did do a heck of a job and that it's all Bill Clinton's fault that New Orleans was destroyed. Not!

5:37 PM, March 11, 2006  
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11:33 PM, March 24, 2006  
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11:43 PM, March 24, 2006  
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11:48 PM, March 24, 2006  
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12:10 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Ok, now that I've got it all coherent, and have got it put together, here's the deal boys and girls:

DC said...

Speaking of republicans-some of 'em voted to block Bush's port deal. Yea! Turns out there are some good republicans, after all

There's a reason for that -- Here it is.

"WASHINGTON Mar 24, 2006 (AP)— The senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee sought assurances Friday over a no-bid contract the Bush administration is finalizing with a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere."

Way too f*in scary, folks. Heard George Noory talk in his news last night that instead of giving the port deal to Dubai, the U.S. administration is giving it to a company in China (wish I could remember the name), that is corrupt, and like a "mafia" of its own. Not only that, but we're giving them full power and discretion over everything coming in -- to search it, to seize it, to do whatever with it.
This in light of the Chinese' visit to America, and in wanting to basically "kiss up" to the Chinese. The Chinese are seeking relaxation on trade, etc. with the U.S.; and the U.S. is desperate to "be nice" to the Chinese.

Gross as hell incompetence, or deliberate on the Administration's part?

The shit's getting thick, folks. REAL thick.

See: Senators to unveil China trade bill Tuesday, and China asks US senators for more tech and visas. Also, China trade bill to be introduced in Congress for more on this subject. You wouldn't believe all the stuff I'm finding about China right now -- just run a news search for "China" or "Chinese".

"WASHINGTON — As President Bush embarks on a new effort to shore up public support for the war in Iraq, an uncle of the chief executive is collecting $2.7 million in cash and stock from the recent sale of a company that profited from the war."

Straight from Repuglican Matt Drudge, Game!

Also, "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday it would hold a hearing next week on a call by a Democratic lawmaker to censure President George W. Bush for his domestic spy program.

In a one-sentence notice, the panel said the hearing would be held next Friday by the order of its chairman, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who has opposed censure." Read more here.

And, "(Reuters) - Republicans, beset by an array of political troubles, are cranking up the attacks on Democrats and trying to change the subject from President George W. Bush ahead of November's congressional elections." More on this here.

So, how wonderful is your wonderful neocon now, Game???????????

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

12:47 AM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A founding member of the elite counter-terrorist unit, Delta Force, suggested that President Bush's invasion of Iraq may have started World War III, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, RAW STORY has learned. The article, acquired by RAW STORY Friday night, is expected in Sunday editions of the paper.

Retired Command Sergeant Major Eric Haney's book "Inside Delta Force" became the basis for the CBS drama "The Unit," where he now assumes technical adviser and executive producer duties.

Excerpts from the forthcoming article written by David Kronke:

Q: What's your assessment of the war in Iraq?

A: Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first. The reasons were wrong. The reasons of this administration for taking this nation to war were not what they stated. (Army Gen.) Tommy Franks was brow-beaten and ... pursued warfare that he knew strategically was wrong in the long term. That's why he retired immediately afterward. His own staff could tell him what was going to happen afterward.

We have fomented civil war in Iraq. We have probably fomented internecine war in the Muslim world between the Shias and the Sunnis, and I think Bush may well have started the third world war, all for their own personal policies.


Q: What do you make of the torture debate? Cheney ...

A: (Interrupting) That's Cheney's pursuit. The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it. It's about vengeance, it's about revenge, or it's about cover-up. You don't gain intelligence that way. Everyone in the world knows that. It's worse than small-minded, and look what it does

The above pasted from in interview in "Raw Story."


9:33 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Senators take a hard look at war in Iraq

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A delegation of U.S. senators said on Saturday that American patience was running thin over the war in Iraq and urged the country's leaders to form a government after more than three months of political deadlock.

After meeting with Iraqi politicians, Senator John McCain of Arizona said he was guardedly optimistic that postwar Iraq's first full term government would be formed "in weeks".

Washington has been pressing Iraqi politicians to reach agreement but there are no signs that the political paralysis will be broken soon, raising fears that the vacuum will fuel insurgent violence.

"We read the polls and we know that the American people have grown frustrated and we also know the stakes are very high. Success is vital," McCain told a news conference.

McCain, a Republican, said Americans must be informed of tough realities on the ground in Iraq, where sectarian violence has exploded since the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine a month ago pushed the country to the brink of civil war."

Took them this long to figure it out, eh? :-p~~~~~~

2:17 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Hotzone: -- This Week: Afghanistan

Well, the U.S. always said it was best to bomb 'em and leave 'em...

Bush: U.S. troops may stay in Iraq for years

"In a news conference devoted mostly to Iraq, Bush also said he has no plans to replace his top aides, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld." (Are we surprised?)

2:24 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

One more from today:

Costs to rebuild shifting to Iraqis
$21 billion U.S. effort to end short of goals

(Backs up an earlier story)

10:10 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

More on the Chinese firm:

"WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.

The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without U.S. Customs agents present.

Freeport in the Bahamas is 65 miles from the U.S. coast, where cargo would likely be inspected again. The contract is currently being finalized.

The administration is negotiating a second no-bid contract for a Philippine company to install radiation detectors in its home country, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

While President Bush recently reassured Congress that foreigners would not manage security at U.S. ports, the Hutchison deal in the Bahamas illustrates how the administration is relying on foreign companies at overseas ports to safeguard cargo headed to the United States."

Read more here.

Oh, man, I feel SO sorry for lame game. NOT. Gets what he deserves for supporting this sack of b.s. we keep getting fed.

11:04 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Ron, are you sufficiently satisfied that the U.S. is indeed selling out, and are you sufficiently satisfied that there will be no U.S. left, as I've said time and time again, in 2008?

11:15 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Staying the course on the U.S. Ports deal...

7:16 PM, March 29, 2006  

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